Obituaries from
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Willie Olivia (Gilmore) Carroll
Sep 8, 1872 - Aug 1, 1959

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Mrs. George Carroll Dies Thursday

Mrs. Geo. F. Carroll, 86, passed away Thursday evening at the home of her daughter Mrs. H. H. Green in Bardwell.

Mrs. Carroll, formerly Willie Olivia Gilmore, was born in Waterford Mississippi on September 8, 1872.  She was reared there and was married in Pottscamp, Miss. to George Franklin Carroll on November 9, 1892.  They came to Texas in 1901, settling in the Bardwell community, where he was engaged in farming.  In 1918 they moved to Corsicana and continued to live there until 1953 when they moved back to Bardwell to make their home with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Green.  He died in 1953.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. H. H. Green of Bardwell, Mrs. Earnest Steely and Mrs. G. B. Scott, both of Corsicana and Mrs. W. R. Blake and Mrs. Lyle Nabors, both of Texas City; one son O. G. Carroll of Waco; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, and five great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Keever Chapel with Rev. C. E. Jennings, pastor of the Bardwell Baptist Church and Rev. Charles Shadle, pastor of the Bardwell Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Elm Branch Cemetery, Bardwell.

Mrs. Carroll was a member of the Methodist Church.


  • Elm Branch Cemetery, Bardwell, Ellis Co., TX

Oct 19, 1896 - Jun 28, 1919


Another sad and trying moment was met with on last Saturday evening at 3:15 p.m. when Mrs. Brown passed from this earth to the land of her reward where only a month ago her darling baby son, Roy, had preceded her. Mrs. Brown was ill only about four days before her death, which was due to blood poisoning. Friends and relatives were present, constantly doing all in their power to allay her suffering, but the poison had gained too strong a hold on her body and no earthly hand could save her. The physician of her choice, Dr. J. C. Blair, was present and did all possible, but it remained for the greater physician of all - Jesus Christ - to receive her unto Him and heal spiritually, if not physically. Deceased was 22 years of age and had been a member of the Methodist church for several years.  Up until the last she recognized all her loved ones who stood by her bedside waiting for the last sad moments, and called for her children to speak a last farewell.  Realizing that the death angel was so near, she turned to those about her, and "Come on, let's go home" was all she said.  She spoke frequently about going home and said she was not uneasy about herself.  Just before she passed away, she asked her sister , Bedia, to keep her baby, Foy, and to take care of him. Mrs. Brown leaves, beside her four little children, two brothers and two sisters, all of whom were present at the time of her death and who reside in or near Kerens.  They are W. R. Deskin, A. J. Deskin, Mrs. Jasper (Bedia) Tramel, and Mrs. G. M. (Odie) Barnett. A beautiful and impressive funeral service was held by Rev. Cloud, pastor of the Methodist church.  Interment was made in the family lot at Prairie Point Cemetery. Annie was the daughter of Sarah Deborah Carpenter Deskin and John G. Philley.  She was married to D. T. C. Brown.  Her children were Herbert Betran Brown, Juanita Carmitta Brown, Ila Mae Brown and Foy Harold Brown.  Foy's twin, Roy Farrel Brown passed away when he was 18 months old.  



Died at Bazette

Mrs. Annie Brown, aged twenty-three years, died at her home near Bazette Saturday afternoon of blood poison, following a week's illness, and the remains were interred in the
Prairie Point Cemetery at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The deceased is survived by four children, two brothers, A. J. and W. R. Deskin of Bazette and two sisters, Mrs. G. M. Barnett of Kerens and Mrs. W. J. Tramel of Bazette.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jun 30, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Daniel Travis Comelous Brown married Sep 11, 1911 (buried in Southland Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas) d/o John Davis Philley and Sarah Deborah "Sally" (Carpenter) Deskin- Philley-Richardson

Thena (Davis) Tramel
Apr 21, 1864 - May 20, 1943


Funeral services for Mrs. Thena Tramel, age 79 years, who died at her home Thursday night, May 20, 1943, were held at the Methodist Church at Prairie Point on Friday. Rev. Stanfort and Rev. Herin conducted the rites.

A native of Tennessee, born April 21, 1864, Mrs. Tramel came to Navarro county 55 years ago, and spent most of that time in the Bazette community.

Surviving are the following children: three daughters, Mrs. Wilks (Mae) Taylor, Mrs. L. E. (Delia) Albritton, Mrs. Tennessee Pike: six sons, Jasper Tramel, Tom Tramel, Rob Tramel, John Tramel, Prosper Tramel and Luster Tramel, all of the Bazette community; 39 grand-children and 30 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Elijah Tramel, Vernon Tramel, Bill Tramel, Truitt Tramel, Hobson Tramel, Joe Tramel and Robert E. Pike.

Thena was the daughter of Thomas Jasper and Delia A. Lawrence Davis. She married Elijah Tramel in Tennessee on December 28, 1882, and they migrated to Texas and raised their family in the Bazette community. Elijah and their son, Shelah V. Tramel , preceded Thena in death.


  • Obituary submitted by Melba Brown Love, great granddaughter of Thena and Elijah.

  • Prairie Point Cemetery, Bazette, Navarro Co., TX

  • w/o Elijah Tramel; d/o Thomas Jasper Davis & Delia A. (Lawrence) Davis

Thena Mae (Tramel) Kimbrough Taylor
Oct 18, 1891 - May 23, 1943


Kerens, May 29-(Spl) Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Prairie Point church at 2:30 for Mrs. Thena Mae Taylor, who passed away May 23, 1943, at her home, in Bazette Sunday night, after a long illness.  Services were conducted by Rev. Roy Johnson of Kerens, assisted by Rev. Stanford of Corsicana and Rev. Herrin of Bazette.

Mrs. Taylor, who was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Tramel, by only three days, is survived by five children.  Clarence Taylor of Bazette, Mrs. Eunice Huff of Dallas, Mrs. Doyle (Vesper) Layfield of Kerens, Jasper Kimbrough of Houston and Mrs. King (Lena) Huff of Crockett; 15 grandchildren, two sisters and six brothers.

Pallbearers were Bill Tramel & Vernon Tramel of Bazette, Truitt Tramel of Corsicana, Robert Pike of Corsicana, Joe Tramel of Bazette and Jimmie Brent of Corsicana, all nephews of the deceased.

Mae, born October 18, 1891, was the daughter of Elijah and Thena Davis Tramel.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Shelah V. Tramel and her first husband, Henry Thomas Kimbrough.  Her sisters and brothers were Mrs. Tennessee Pike, Mrs. Delia Albritton, Jasper Tramel, Tom Tramel, Robert Tramel, John Tramel, Prosper Tramel and Luster Tramel.


James Patrick Fullerton
Sep 1, 1846 - Mar 30, 1925

Dawson Herald, April 3, 1925

James P. Fullerton, one of Dawson's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, passed away at his home here at 8:15 A.M. Monday after a short illness. Mr. Fullerton had reached the ripe old age of 78 years, 6 months, and 29 days. He was a native Texan being born in Robertson County and came to near Dawson at the age of 7 in 1853. When the war between the North and South came, Mr. Fullerton was too young to enter service. Near the close of the war, however, Mr. Fullerton entered the service of his Southland. He has seen this community change from a very wild and dangerous place to its present high state of civilization."

James Fullerton was born September 1846 and died March 30, 1925. He was the fourth child born to Henry and Nancy Walker Fullerton Jr. of the Dawson community.


Elijah Tramel
Nov 24, 1860 - Sep 20, 1938
Funeral services were held at Bazette Tuesday for Elijah Tramel, pioneer resident of this community, who was born in DeKalb Co. TN, at Smithville on November 24, 1860.

In December, 1882, he was married to Miss Thena Davis.  To this union was born 13 children, 10 surviving, as well as 38 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

The seven boys are W.J. Tramel, S.V. Tramel, Tom Tramel, Robert Tramel, Pros Tramel, and Luster Tramel. all of Kerens, and John Tramel of Powell;  three daughters, Mrs. Tennessee Pike, Mrs. Mae Taylor, and Mrs. Delia Albritton, of Kerens.

Mr. Tramel came to Texas fifty years ago last March.  He has lived in the Bazette Community for the past 41 years.  He became a Christian at the age of 13 years and lived a faithful Christian life until death called him home.

He has four brothers who survive him:  W. G. Tramel of Bazette, Jim Tramel of Tyler, Jack Tramel of Fort Worth, and Wink Tramel of Smithville, TN;  two sisters, Mrs. Cora Carter of AZ, and Mrs. Jerry Smith of Corsicana and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers at the service were Clarence Taylor, Robert  Allen Tramel, Ray Tramel, Robert E. Pike, Vernon Tramel, and Truitt Tramel

Rev. Heizer of Bazette and Rev. Barham of Dallas conducted the funeral services. Elijah was the son of William Harrison and Mary Jane Hullett Tramel.   He died September 20, 1938. 


Obituary submitted by Melba Brown Love, great-granddaughter of Elijah and Thena Davis Tramel.


Harry Andrew “Boone” Armstrong
1881 – Mar 17, 1945


B. A. Armstrong, aged 64 years, died at his home at Powell Saturday, March 17, 1945.  Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel here Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Burial was in the Kemp Cemetery.  The rites were conducted by Rev. R. J. Fletcher, Baptist Minister of Corsicana.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Annie Burkleo, Baltimore, Maryland: two brothers, Paul Armstrong, Abilene. Texas and Tom Armstrong, Kemp, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

“Boone”, as he called himself, was the son of  Joseph   A. and Melissa  Jane Whitcomb Armstrong.  He was born January 31, 1881 in Russell, Lucas Co. IA.  “Boone” was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Dick Armstrong and Joe Armstrong and sister, Blanche Armstrong Brown.


Blanche Lavina (Armstrong) Brown
Apr 26, 1879 - Mar 27, 1944


Funeral services for Mrs. S. H. Brown, who died at her residence in the Powell community, Monday, March 27, 1944, were held Thursday afternoon at 3:30 from the Powell Methodist Church.  Rev. R. J. Fletcher conducted the rites and interment was in the Bazette Baptist Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, six daughters, one son, three brothers, a sister, 20 grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley's Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Blanche was born April 26, 1879 to Joseph A. and Melissa Jane Whitcomb Armstrong.  She married S. H. “Saint” Brown in Kaufman County on February 11, 1900.  They moved around but finally settled at Powell in Navarro County.  Her six daughters were Mae Brown Shelton Glasgow, Gladys Brown Glasgow, Ellen Brown Austin, Sybil Brown Lewis, Esther Brown McCleary Tinker, and Harriet Brown Ray. Her son was Roy P. Brown and her brothers were Tom Armstrong, Boone Armstrong, Paul Armstrong and sister, Annie Armstrong Burkleo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, baby daughter, son Jim and brothers, Dick Armstrong and Joe Armstrong.




Mrs. S. H. Brown died at her home in the Powell community Monday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Methodist church at Powell with interment in
Bazette cemetery. Rev. R. J. Fletcher will conduct the rites.

Surviving are her husband, Powell; six daughters, Mrs. John Glasgow, Purdon; Mrs. Oney Glasgow, Dallas; Mrs. George Austin, Powell; Mrs. Otis Lewis, Galveston; Mrs. Sonny Tinker, Houston; Mrs. Pete Ray, Norfolk, Va.; a son, Roy Brown, Bazette; three brothers, Tom Armstrong, Kemp; S. A. Armstrong, Powell; Paul Armstrong, Abilene; a sister, Mrs. Annie Burkleo, Baltimore, Md.; 20 grandchildren and other relatives.



Rites Will Be Held Thursday Afternoon For Mrs. S. H. Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. S. H. Brown, who died at her home in the Powell community Monday afternoon, will be held from the Powell Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with Rev. R. J. Fletcher conducting the rites. Burial will be in Bazette cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, six daughters, a son, three brothers, a sister, 20 grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be G. L. Austin, S. S. Tinker, C. O. Lewis, O. P. Glascow, O. Glascow, W. F. Ray.
Corley's Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.


Emma Alice (Kirk) Deskin
July 27, 1881 - Sept 30, 1940


  Funeral services for Mrs. W. R. (Emma) Deskin, aged 59 years, who died Monday night, September 30, 1940, at the family home, 1123 West Collin Street, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Church of Christ.  The rites were conducted by T. B. Thompson, minister, and Rev. C. C. Sessions, Methodist minister of Kerens.  Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

The family moved to Corsicana 15 years ago from Bazette.

Surviving are her husband, William Red Deskin, seven children, Roy Deskin, Freer; Mrs. Jack (Jewell) Reed, Kerens; Mrs. Harlan (Jessie) Johnson, Duncan, Ok.; Mrs. Elsie B. (Billie) Travis, Corsicana; Tad Deskin, Gladewater; Mrs. G. B. (Amma Dee) , Corsicana; and Mrs. Ray (June) Humphries, Corsicana;  a sister, Miss Fannie Kirk, Corsicana, nine grandchildren and other relatives.

 Pallbearers were Jack Reed, Harlan Johnson, Elsie B. Travis, G. B. Garrett, Ray Humphries and Houston Bunch.  Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Emma was born July 27, 1881 in Bazette to Andrew Jackson and Sarah Margaret Sims Kirk.




Mrs. W.R. Deskin, age 59 years, died suddenly at her home 1123 West Collin Street at 11:30 Monday night. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Church of Christ. The rites will be conducted by T.B. Thompson, pastor and Rev. C.C. Sessions, Methodist minister of Kerens. Burial will be in Prairie Point cemetery.

Mrs. Deskin had been a resident of Corsicana for fifteen years, coming here from Bazette.

Surviving are her husband, seven children Roy Deskin, Freer; Mrs. Jack Reed, Kerens; Mrs. Harlan Johnson, Duncan Okla.; Mrs. Elsie B. Travis, Corsicana; Ted Deskin, Gladewater; Mrs. G.B. Garrett, Corsicana; Mrs. Ray Humphries, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Fannie Kirk, Corsicana, nine grandchildren and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.


Ammie Bobo Sparks

Corsicana Observer - January 28, 1875

 Jan 28, 1874
 Died at Dresden, Navarro County on the morning of the 12th instant, Johnnie  Louis, aged 4 years, youngest son of John C. and Ammie Bobo Sparks.  Only a  few days ago their darling was a "thing of beauty", sporting amidst his  little companions, himself the merriest, most beautiful and intelligent, but  alas!  The frailest flower of them all has descended very suddenly to the  innocent grave of childhood where the dirge of the cold winter winds now seem to the sorrowing parent's hearts, tuned only to the notes of the  bitterest desolation. But time will soften this anguish and give to the  breezes that murmur, and the roses that shall bloom around his little grave,  a voice and an odor of sweetness and hope; and they will realize that time  is going before them as a link to bind their souls to God.  When called by  the angels away, his little voice wailed out to the last moment of  consciousness "oh papa, I want to go home"!  And when morning came amidst  the glorious rays of a new born sun, our darling Johnnie mounted the golden stairs and found his home in heaven where he sweetly sleeps in the bosom of  Him who said "suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not,  for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.


America (Hurst) O'Dell
Dec 12, 1840 - Apr 20, 1911

Died In Oklahoma April 1911    Mrs. Jacob O'Dell, whose husband died here two weeks ago, died last night at the home of her son in Oklahoma, where she had gone after the death of her husband and the remains will arrive here tomorrow morning at 10:40 on the Houston and Texas Central, and the funeral will take place from the depot, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.


  • Jacob O'Dell died 06 Apr 1911 and America O'Dell died 21 Apr 1911
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs - Jan 2002


Was Buried From Depot

The remains of the late Mrs. America Odell who died at the home of her son in Shawnee, Okla., Thursday night, arrived here this morning at 10:40 on the south bound Central and the funeral was from the depot immediately after the arrival of the train, interment being in Oakwood beside her husband, Jacob Odell who died only two weeks ago.

The deceased was 72 years of age.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, April 22, 1911
  • w/o Jacob O'Dell married Jan. 1, 1860 d/o Andrew Hurst and Mahala (Claxton) Hurst
  • Submitted by Diane Richards


My beloved Christian friend, Mrs. America O'Dell departed this life April 21, 1911, boarding that Sunshine train that borne her across the country ??? and safely arrived at the depot, from where traveled her return. Mrs. America Hurst O'Dell was born in Union county, Tenn. about 72 years ago. She was married to Mr. Jacob O'Dell fifty-two years ago and came to Texas in December 1880. She joined the Baptist church when quite young. She was a true Christian worker. She read her Bible daily and her conversation was good and noble. She has gone to join her most devoted husband, who departed this life just two weeks before her. They have gone to join the angels' happy band, where there are no sorrows nor pain. Mrs. O'Dell was the mother of nine children, two girls and two boys, as follows: Mrs. China Taylor of Shawnee, Okla., and Mrs. Ida Herring of Sulpher, Okla., and Mr. Raymond Odell of Watumka, Okla., and Mr. John Odell of Shawnee, Okla., and several grand children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Weep not, dear children, we shall see her again one day with the redeemed of all ages, if we hold out faithfully like she did.

Her true friend,
Corsicana, Texas


Samuel W. Stokes

CORSICANA OBSERVER, Jan 8, 1876   To the Corsicana Observer;

Tribute of Respect. Cryer Creek Grange No. 5
Navarro County Texas.

At a called meeting of Cryer Creek Grange, held on Dec. 21st a Committee in behalf of said Grange, was appointed to express their heart felt sense of their great bereavement, and loss they recently sustained in the death of our brother and worthy treasurer, Samuel W. Stokes, who departed this life 20th inst.   1st. Resolved, that we the members of Cryer Creek Grange, do bow with submission to the will of our great Master above.   2nd. That in the death of Brother Stokes, the Patrons of Husbandry have lost, a zealous, faithful and devoted member, a Worthy Treasurer, whose place cannot be easily filled with the same degree of confidence. The Masonic fraternity, a true and noble Brother. Society a bright ornament, and the community at large, one whose influence for good and aversion to evil, was second to none.   3rd. That while we sympathize deeply with the bereaved and grief stricken widow, family and friends, let us hope that the loss of our departed Brother is his eternal gain.   4th. That a copy of the resolutions be entered upon the minutes of our Grange, and several copys when published, be sent to the widow of the deceased, also that we wear the usual Badge of Mourning for 30 days.  



OBITUARY  Our whole community was stricken to the center, at the death knell which tolled too truly the departure of our worthy and much esteemed Brother, Samuel W. Stokes, at 6 o'clock A. M., on the 20th inst. After one weeks illness, he died of Pneumonia, leaving a devoted wife, two promising daughters, and three little sons, to mourn their greatest, and to them irreparable loss. He was a son of W. W. and Martha F. Stokes, was born September 17th, 1835, married Miss. E. A. E. Brown, the daughter of Jno. Brown in the State of Mississippi in the year 1858; served gallantly through the late conflict, for Southern Rights, and with more renown to his treasured name, he joined the M. E. Church South, in his 18th year, and since that time has been found walking in the faith, trusting none save the Redeemer, whom he found upon his conversion. Oh! for such a faith that our latter end may be like his.

In society, none knew him but loved him. His exemplary character was a model for all, and although he's gone to enjoy the full fruition of his reward above. Still we miss his stately steppings, and hear no more that mellow voice, in the Grange. Dispassionate in its effect, and intrinsic in its worth. Prior to his attack he possessed unusual vigor of body and mind, and spoke frequently of his good health, but alas, he was called from time to eternity, to pay the debt obligatory upon one and all alike. The day of interment was one full of gloom in every respect. The very heavens above hid their azure brightness, by rolling in Murky Clouds which at intervals, burst fourth in avoidless showers. Yet the concourse of patrons and friends was so infinite, that it seemed worthy of none, save the deceased to whom they were paying their tribute of respect.  

Farewell dear husband ever true,
Thy paths of virtue we pursue;
Farewell dear father ever kind,
The warnings we shall ever mind.
Farewell dear brother patron pure,
We'll hold thy treasured name secure
Till time memorial shall, end.
In memory of our worthy friend.

Meridian Murcury, please copy.
Fraternally submitted.                 
     } R. M. BurnesCommittee, 
     } G. P. Miller                 
     } J. J. Wilson 


  • Submitted by J L Halbert Camp No. 359, SCVNorman Stubbs Cdr Jan 2002

Tackett, Robert Burton (R.B.)
Born: Jan 12, 1871 in Dothan, Houston Co., AL
Died: Apr 29, 1940 in Corsicanqa, Navarro Co., TX

R. B. Tackett

R. B. Tackett, aged 60 years,died Sunday afternoon at 2:33 o'clock at his home, 804 East First Avenue.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Corley Chapel, Burial was made in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Tommy Godfrey Educational Director of the First Baptist Church and Rev. S. R. Goff pastor of the Northside Baptist Church. 

A native of Alabama Mr. Tackett had settled in Corsicana since 1907 and was an employee of the Magnolia Petroleum Company Refinery here for 20 years prior to his retirement eight years ago. 

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Effie Tackett Corsicana, two  son's W. D. Tackett of Houston, W. C. Tackett of Kilgore, Five daughter's  Mrs. L. G. Gartman of Overton, Mrs. May Mullins of Houston, Mrs. U. G. Hale of Goosecreek, Mrs. Lance Hales of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. B. W. Hales of Houston: A foster Daughter Mrs. Elton Barns of Corsicana. Three Brother's Abe Tackett and Leonard Tackett both of Los Angeles,Cal and Tom Tackett of Corsicana, 25 Grand Children and 6 Great Grandchildren.Pallbearers were ,R. C. Robinson, M. M. Lonsford, Robert Doolin, Halbert Bryant, Fred White and George Kuykendall. 


  • Submitted By: Deanna Green & Pat Babin. March 2002
  • Robert Burton Tackett moved to Corsicana in 1907,From Groesbeck, Texas where he was a Blacksmith for his father-in-law D.S.P. Black.
    He and his family lived at 804 east First Ave,Corsicana. He was employed by Magnolia Petroleum Refinery for 20 years.

Lilly May (Robinson) Wilson
Apr 23, 1878 - Sep 10, 1931


On last Thursday a cloud of sadness was cast over Frost when the news reached here that Mrs. May Wilson had died in Terrell following a losing fight of over three years to regain her health.  And when the sun in all his this? state? Illumed the eastern skies.

She passed through glory's morning gate. And walked in Paradise.  Mrs. Wilson was indeed one of Frost's most noble characters.  Surely it was of women such as she that Solomon wrote: "Her price is far above rubies."  Hers was a ???? self-sacrificing nature, never considering herself, but always thoughtful of those whom she loved so dearly.  When left a widow several years ago she felt the necessity of better preparing herself for the responsibilities thrust upon her, and went back to the classroom where she ?? herself for a teacher.  Her failing health and ultimate death are attributed to the strenuous work done in these years of ceaseless study.  For several years Mrs. Wilson was connected with the Frost school as teacher in the grades, and the lessons that she inculated will live long in the lives as will her gentle patient spirit live in the memories of the boys and girls who came under her influence.

Mrs. May Wilson was born in Cherokee county, Georgia, April 23, 1879 being the second of a family of seven children.  In early life she was coverted and united with the Methodist church to which she was loyal to her death.  Her's was a consistent christian life, a life of deeds nor words.  She was married in 1899 to M. H. Wilson and to this union was born one son, Jack Wilson, who survives his mother.  On September 10 she departed this life and the remains were brought back to Frost for burial.  Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church with Rev. A. C. Carraway, assisted by Rev. D. P. Cagle officating.  In the City of the Dead, she was tenderly laid to rest neath a flower-covered mound, there to await the final resurrection.  Active pall bearers were: Rip Blake, Jim Gantt, J. C. Beck, Clyde Smith, Glynn Haley, and Harvey Ross.

Mrs. Wilson leaves to mourn her departure, her son Jack, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Robinson, sister, Mrs. A. F. Mitchell, a brother, John Robinson, besides numerous other relatives and friends.  The  Enterprise extends sympathy to the bereaved.

"I know thou are gone to the home of rest -
Then why should my soul be sad ?
I know thou are gone, where the weary are blest
And the mourner looks up and is glad;
I know thou has drunk of the Lethe that flows
In a land where they do not forget
That sheds over memory only repose
And takes from it only regret


  • Posted in Navarro Leaves and Branches; Volume XXV, Issue: I, pg 7
  • Frost Cemetery "Lilly May Watson, wife of H. Wilson, b. 23 Apr 1878 - d. 10 Sept 1931"
  • Frost Cemetery Husband: " H. Wilson b. 15 Dec 1871, d. 25 Nov 1916"


FROST, Sep 11. (Spl) - Mrs. May Wilson, aged 52 years, native of Navarro County and well known resident of this community, died Thursday noon and the funeral was held from the First Methodist church here Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with interment in the Frost Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilson was an active member of the Methodist Church here for many years, and was a Sunday School teacher until ill health forced her to resign two years ago.
Surviving are one son, Jack Wilson, Plainview; parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. T.
[David Kirtch Robinson] Robinson, Frost; one sister, Mrs. A. F. Mitchell, Frost; and one brother, John Robertson, Frost.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walter Griffith, Methodist minister of Barry.


Solomon L. Courtney (1838 - 1928)

Roscius Bruce Jones
Jun 11, 1871 - Jan 29, 1956

Roscius Bruce Jones, pioneer farmer and rancher of western Oklahoma died Sunday at his home in Reydon following a long illness. Mr. Jones came to western Oklahoma in 1899 and settled at Cheyenne. In 1901 he homesteaded on a farm 11 miles north of the Roger Mills County seat. In 1918 he moved to Dempsey and lived in that community until 1942 when he went to Reydon to make his home. He has been a member of the Baptist church since 1902. Mr. Jones was born in Navaro County, Texas on June 11, 1871. He married Ophelia E. Maltby on January 17, 1904. He is survived by his wife, of the home address at Reydon, five daughters, Mrs. Daniel Allen of Sweetwater, Mrs. Drew Giddens of Spearman, Texas, Mr. A.W. Reeder of Amatillo, Texas, Mrs. Ray Mills of Myrtle Point, Oregon, and Mrs. Carl Lewis of Oklahoma City; five sons, Homer of Inglewood, California, R.B. Jr., Washington, D.C., Sam, stationed in Hawaii, Herb of Bridge4ville, California, and W.R. Dumas, Texas; 35 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Other survivors include three sister, Mrs. Cora Woods of Sayre, Mrs. Agnes Kendall of Cheyenne, and Mrs. Ruth Slater of Blooming Grove, Texas, and a brother, Rhett Jones of Roll. A son and a daughter preceded him in death. Services were held Tuesday at the Reydon community building with Rev. Horace Woodard and Rev. Lynn Heard officiating. Interment was in the Dempsey Cemetery, Dempsey, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK 1956


  • Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Herbert Daviss

Herbert Daviss, eldest son of Judge H. B. Daviss, died at the family

residence in Corsicana last Saturday of appendicitis.


  • Mexia Evening News, Feb 14, 1912
  • Submitted by Don Brownlee - Jan 2003

B. H. Hawkins

Wichita Daily Times, 30 November 1923


Corsicana, Texas, Nov. 30. (AP) - B. H. Hawkins, 26, oil field worker, is dead at Mildred, near here, as the result of injuries received yesterday when the elevator of a rig became uncontrollable and struck him. His wife at Houston has been notified.


  • Wichita Daily Times, 30 November 1923
  • Submitted by Don Brownlee - Jan 2003

Elmer McCary

Wichita Weekly Times, 11 September 1908

Meets Death Playing in Wagon Load of Cotton Seed Corsicana, Tex., Sept. 10. - Elmer, the 6-year-old son of James McCary,  a merchant of Richland, was smothered to death today while playing in a  wagonload of cotton seed. He became buried in the seed and could not extricate himself.


  • Wichita Weekly Times, 11 September 1908
  • Submitted by Don Brownlee - Jan 2003

Bessie Grigsby & Helen Miller
Died Oct. 1909

Corsicana Fire Fatal

Corsicana, Tex., Oct. 25. - Bessie Grigsby and Helen Miller, occupants of a rooming house here, were burned to death at 4:30 o'clock this morning when fire destroyed the building which was occupied by Florence Day. The origin of the blaze is unknown, it having started on the second floor of the house near the room of the victims. It is believed the women were overcome by smoke and were unable to escape. Several persons escaped. The property loss amounts to three thousand dollars.


  • Wichita Weekly Times, 29 October 1929
  • Submitted by Don Brownlee - Jan 2003


October 25, 1909
Two Women Burned To Death
Bessie Grigsby and Helen Miller Meet Death in Fire at Corsicana
Corsicana, Tex., Oct. 25. - The two-story house of Florence Day burned this morning at 4:30 o'clock.
Bessie Grigsby and Helen Miller, occupants of the house, were burned to death, and when taken from the ruins their bodies were unrecognizable.
Minnie Ryan suffered a broken leg and collarbone by jumping from a second story window. The origin of the fire is unknown. The house and contents are a total loss, with $3,000 insurance on the house.

October 28, 1909
Fire Victims Buried
Cirsicana (sic) Tex., Oct. 28. - The remains of Bessie Grigsby, one of the two women who lost their lives in the fire here last Monday morning, were buried today in Oakwood Cemetery. Diligent inquiry failed to locate any relatives. The body of Helen Miller, the other unfortunate woman, was shipped to Texarkana.



Were Buried This Afternoon
The remains of Bessie Grigsby, one of the unfortunate women who lost their lives in Monday morning's fire, were buried in Oakwood Cemetery this afternoon. No trace was ever found of any of her relatives.


David Arthur Pevehouse, Sr.
Dec 31, 1811 - Apr 29th, 1897

"The death of David Pevehouse which occurred at his home in this city April 29th, 1897, removed from Navarro county one of its most ancient land marks.

Mr. Pevehouse was born in Lawrence county, Arkansas, Dec. 31, 1811 and was at the time of his death 85 years, 3 months and 29 days old.  It was in his native country that he grew to manhood, and it was here that he led to the altar Miss Cynthia Ross, on the 10 day of October, 1828 and while yet in his 18th year.  By this union three children were born to him, one of whom, Mrs. Thomas Pierce, is still living.

In January, 1834, Mr. Pevehouse emigrated to this State, settling in Brazoria county, and in 1835 enlisted in the war against Mexico which he served until hostilities ceased and Texas declared her independence.

In 1837 he moved with his family to Fort Bend county where he continued to reside until the death of his wife, June 6th 1841, when he moved to Montgomery county, where, October 16th 1842, he met and married Miss Malinda Pierce, who still lives to mourn his death.  By this union eleven children were born, making 14 children who came to bless his household while here on earth.

In 1851 Mr. Pevehouse moved to Navarro county and located here in Frost, and in 1852 joined the Baptist church and was ordained a Deacon, and was honored as a delegate to the Baptist Association 26 times.  From the 14 children this aged Patriarch claimed 51 grand children living and several dead, 36 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

This grand old man had been a citizen of our county for 45 years and during all that time had given liberally to every enterprise, and to the schools and churches especially, and the fact that he had lived in the State 63 years justly entitled him to the application of an "old Texan".  We well remember when we used to wagon with this old Texan going to Houston, then our nearest marked for supplies.  The steam engine has long since superceded the slow-going ox team that at that time required three or four weeks to make the round trip which is now made by rail in 24 hours, yet these old Texans gave us this fair land of ours teeming with its millions of human beings, its happy homes, its costly churches and splendid schools, and we have reason to reverence their memory long after they have been called away.  Called to that brighter and better land these peaceful cease from the troubling and the weary are at rest - eternal rest." 


  • This obituary of my gr-grandfather, David Arthur Pevehouse, Sr., from the Friday, May 14, 1897 issue of The Lake City News, which was published in Frost.  He is buried at the Pevehouse Cemetery near the location of the old community of Cross Roads.  It is not too far from Emmett.   Don Pevehouse

  • The obituary is not completely accurate, but it is sent just as it appears.  I will send biographical information for him and his brother John, who also came to Navarro County in a later posting.

Ben Lott


Corsicana, Tex., July 18.-LEWIS EMORY, a negro, was arrested here charged with having killed BEN LOTT at Birdstown last Friday.


  • Submitted by Janet Cook - Feb 2003
  • Athens Weekly Review July 19, 1901; page 38

Thomas Bragg, Jr.


Corsicana, Tex., Sep. 19-A 90-foot girder, which was being put in the L. H. Lee building, fell from its position and crushed to death THOMAS BRAGG, JR., the foreman in charge of the work. The weight of the girder was 500 pounds, and it fell about nine feet before striking Bragg. The injured man lived about 20 minutes.


  • Submitted by Janet Cook - Feb 2003
  • September 20, 1901; page 46

George Beavers


Corsicana, Tex., Sept. 25.-GEORGE BEAVERS, who was shot at Purdon Sept. 13, died from his wound Sunday night. AMOS DOVELL, his son-in-law, is in jail. He will not ask for an examining trial, as the grand jury meets here on next Monday.


  • Submitted by Janet Cook - Feb 2003
  • Athens Weekly Review September 27, 1901; page 62

John Greenlee


Corsicana, Tex., Oct. 19.-The 4-year-old child of JOHN GREENLEE was kicked in the head by a horse and dangerously if not fatally injured.


  • Submitted by Janet Cook - Feb 2003
  • Athens Weekly Review October 25, 1901; page 62

Mrs. White

A futile attempt was made by a mob Wednesday at Corsicana to lynch the negro who killed the wife of a white man in the eastern part of Navarro county, and who was in the Athens jail some time. The assault was made by about 100 friends of Mr. WHITE, whose wife the negro murdered. They assaulted the court house while the trial of the negro was in progress and battered the door down, but the officers succeeded in keeping the mob back. The Garrity Rifles and Rough Riders were called out to assist them. Afterward, the judge adjourned court, and the negro taken to Dallas. The negro had confessed his crime and will doubtless be sentenced to death.


  • Submitted by Janet Cook - Feb 2003
  • Athens Weekly Review December 21, 1901; page 49

George Edelstein
Oct 31, 1907 - Dec 10, 1939

Daily Oklahoman, 12 December 1939 Rites will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Hahn chapel for George Edelstein, 32-year-old former employee in the accounting department of the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co., who died of a heart ailment Sunday at his home, 221 Northwest Twenty-fifth street. Burial will be at Fairlawn cemetery. Born in Corsicana, Texas, Edelstein came to Oklahoma City when a child. He was a graduate of Capitol Hill high school.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee (not related)
  • Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma
  • s/o Nathan Edelstein & Celestine Edelstein

Fannie Griffen

Daily Oklahoman, 11 April 1935

Mrs. Fannie Griffen, 78 years old, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her son, W. B. Griffen, 2340 Northwest Eleventh street, following a brief illness. Griffen is assistant department manager for the John A. Brown Co. Mrs. Griffen had lived with her son for three years, coming here from Corsicana, Texas. Another son, A. W. Griffen, Corsicana, survives. Funeral arrangements will be made by the Hunter funeral home.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee (not related)

Minnie Mae Curry

Mrs. Minnie Mae Curry, 59, of Corsicana, Tex., died Saturday afternoon at a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Sunday at the First Baptist church at Athens, Tex. Interment will be in Athens cemetery. Surviving are one son, two sisters, two brothers and five daughters, one of whom, Mrs. Joseph Kilchenstein, resides in Dallas.


- August 3, 1930, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. III, p. 5, col. 4.


Deaths and Funeral Notices

CURRY, Mrs. Minnie Mae, age 59, of Corsicana, Tex., died at local hospital Saturday afternoon. Survived by five daughters, Mrs. Joseph Kilchenstein, Dallas; Mrs. William Riddlesperger, Malakoff, Tex.; Mrs. R. P. Craig of Mescalero, N. M.; Mrs. C. R, Lees, New York City; Miss Frida Curry, Corsicana; one son, W. H. Curry, Tyler, Tex.; two sisters, Miss Leona Wright, Mrs. Ora Gibbs, Morganfield, Ky.; two brothers, Ben Wright, Sturgis, Ky.; Claud Wright, St. Louis, Mo. Remains forwarded Sunday morning to Athens, Tex., by Charles F. Weiland Undertaking company for services. First Baptist church, 3 p. m. Sunday, Rev. Howard Williams officiating. Interment Athens cemetery.


  • August 3, 1930, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. III, p. 12, col. 6.

Ferris J. Megarity
1897 - Jul 1925

Waco Time Herald July 6 1925

Funeral Stray Bullet Victim From the Home of His Parents.
Funeral services for F. J. (Ferris) Megarity, 27-year-old victim of a stray shot, and who died early Sunday morning, in Colgin's hospital, took place Monday morning at 10 o'clock, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Megarity, 912 North Seventeenth street. Dr. C. H. Booth, pastor of the Austin Avenue Methodist church, and Dr. R. G. Bowars, pator of the Columbus Street Baptist church, officiated, with interment in Oakwood, where the Mason's were in charge.
Active pallbearers were: Davis Hill, Hugh Clarke, C. E. Howard. Ruel Waddington, Alexander Dollins and William L. Baine. Honorary: T. E. Hubby, T. E. Hubby Jr., Sam Knight, Earl Henson, Clark Spruce, J. V. Powers, Oliver Winchell, Ethridge Woodward, W. N. Lazenby, Frank Smith, E. M. Callis, Bruton Orand, V. V. Damon, Dr. I. E. Colgin, Marian Phipps, F. G. Taylor, Tom Dromgoole, E. M. Sullivan, S. A. Middaugh, Horace Smith, J. A. Fitzpatrick, Marvin Bishop, E. B. Caldwell, Fred Hertzell, W. E. Oliver, Archie Craig, Jay Sneed, Tom Holland, R. W. Wright, Watler Smith, R. B. Alexander, J. A. Clark, Ernest Neely, Chris Cermas, Robert Smith, Frank Maddox, Messrs. Denny, Turner and Emerson.
Mr Megarity, who was a native Texan, was born in Corsicana, the greater part of his live having been spent in Waco. He graduated fromt the Waco High school in 1917, and was in training at Rice Institute untill the signing of the armistice. He was in the employ of Swift and company in Beaumont and Dallas for a period of 18 months, and for the last year he had been connected with the Waco Egg and Poultry company.
In Waco Mr. Megarity was known to and beloved by a legion of friends and acquaintances. During his high school days he was very active in athletics, and being a high school basket ball star. He was a most earnest and consistent Christian, wilth his membership in the Austin Avenue Methodist church. He was a member of Waco lodge of Masons.
Surviving Mr. Megarity, besides his wife and a 15-months-old son, Ferris, Jr., are his parents, Mr. and Mrs, J. H. Megarity; one sister and a brother, Mrs. M. N. Armstrong, and Ceabron Megarity, all of Waco. His father is manager of the local branch of Swift and company.
Out-of-town relative who attended the funeral Monday were: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Megarity, Shreveport, La; Messrs. Jack, Jess and Ad Megarity, Corsiciana; Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Megarity, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Young and children, Lois, Edgar and Albert, Jr., Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. John C. Young, Cleburne; D. G. Wilson and family, Cleburne, and Cliff Williams, Little Rock, Ark.


  • Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan Co., TX

Samantha Caroline (Berry) Morgan
May 9, 1860 - Sep 21, 1935

Pioneer Woman Buried Sunday Afternoon at 2 P. M.

Funeral services for Mrs. Samantha Caroline Morgan who died suddenly, Saturday afternoon at her home near Kerens was held, Sunday afternoon at 2 P. M. at P. N. Stockton Funeral Home.

The services were conducted by Rev. Joe Everheart, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Interment was in the Kerens Cemetery.

Grandma Morgan as she was known to her many friends and neighbors was born in Fayette county, Ala. in 1863. In 1881 she was married to R. T. Morgan and came to Texas in 1885 where they lived to rear a family of seven daughters. Her husband and one daughter preceded her in death.

When only a girl of fifteen she united with the Methodist church and lived an active Christian life until an accident in 1915 left her lame.

Although at times she had more physical pain than most do, she never complained, and was noted for her cheerfulness and courage.

To know her was to love her, and her love and devotion to her children and her grandchildren, and her sunny disposition shall always be an inspiration to all who knew her.

She leaves six daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were six grandsons, Frank, Harris, Will and Johnnie Blake, David Kelly, and R. T. Porter.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Blake and daughter, Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blake and children, Mr. and Mrs. Harris Blake, Walter, Will, and Johnnie Blake all of Rowlett, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Kelly and daughters, Ruth and Jean, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Belt and son, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Casey, Mrs. C. W. McDowell, Mrs. Bob Newland and children all of Waxahachie; Mrs. J. R. Porter, Mrs. E. A. Krantz and children, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Porter of Overton; Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Carney and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chiles, Ennis; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shelton, Rowlett, Texas; Mr. David Kelley, Waxahachie.


  • Source and date of publication unknown; date of death 21 Sep 1935)

  • Submitted by Reece Morgan, Sept 9, 2003

Rachel Jane (Sherrard) Furgeson- Anderson

Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, 26 Dec 1917, pg 6"Rachel J. ANDERSON died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Garrett. She had been a resident of Dallas 7 years and was survived by three daughters, Mrs. E. H. Cannon, Mrs. L. E. Sherrard and Mrs. J. C. Garrett, and three sons, R. H. Anderson and S. H. Anderson of Dallas, and J. B. Goode of Fort Worth; a brother, Joe Sherrard of Lone Star, and a sister, Mrs. Bell Rogers of Streetman."


  • Mrs Rachel Jane [Sherrard] Furgeson Goode married Pinckney Anderson 31 Jan 1883 in Navarro County, Texas.
  • Submitted by Kathye (Payne) Upham - Oct 17, 2003

George Emery Sherrard

Dallas Morning News,  Wednesday, 24 May 1899, pg 4"SHERRARD, George Emery- This is a sad tragedy. George Sherrard and his brother Joseph Sherrard were at Walker's lake near Birdston for a few days hunting and fishing. George got up early that morning, dressed and went to the lake to fish, leaving Joe asleep. When Joe woke up, he didn't know where his brother was and picked up his rifle then walked down to the lakeside. He saw a moving object nearby and mistook it for a crane which he shot to test his marksmanship. He did not know what he did until he walked over to find the corpse of his brother. The deceased was taken to the Sherrard home at Birdston where the funeral will be."


  • George Emery Sherrard was a Confederate Veteran.  He served the Confederacy as a Private in Company F of the 6th Texas Cavalry (Lancaster Guards).  He died 23 May 1899 in Navarro County and his widow, Elizabeth  J. [Renfro] Sherrard's pension record is File # 33965.
  • This death notice is about the accidental shooting of George Emery SHERRARD of Navarro County.  He is buried in the Birdston Cemetery.
  • Submitted by Kathye (Payne) Upham - Oct 17, 2003


William L. Bullock, Jr.


Tumbles from Topmast of the Hartford After a test Climb

ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 21 - Midshipman William L. Bullock, a member of the fourth class, who entered the Naval Academy just six weeks ago, was killed to-day by falling from the main mast of the Hartford, after he had accomplished the feat, always attempted by new classmen of climbing to the top of the main mast of Farragut's old flagship and piercing his cap at the spike at the hightest point.

He tried to slide down but the rope burned his hands, and in trying to get another hold lost his balance.  Bullock fell to the deck a hundred feet below, striking the crossbars as he fell.  he broke two vertebrae and injured the spinal cord, probably dying at once.

Bullock's home was Corsicana, Texas, and his father, W. L. Bullock, has been notified.

It is said that those on board the Hartford shouldn't have allowed any one to climb into the rigging except those on duty there or midshipmen during the regular drills.  However, it is pretty well known to authorities that the midshipmen do not attempt such feats and no great effort has been made to prevent them.  It is likely that there will be an investigation to fix the responsibility.

July 22, 1912


William L. Bullock, Jr., 1892-July 1912 USR

Special to the News
Annapolis, Md., July 21 - After having shown his qualifications as a midshipman in the traditional manner of climbing to the top of the mainmast of the Hartford, moored at the naval academy wharf, and piercing his cap with the spike at the very top, William L. Bullock of Corsicana, Tex., a midshipman of but six weeks, lost his hold in the descent and plunged to the deck breaking his neck in the fall, and died instantly.
His father, W. L. Bullock, Sr., has been informed of his son's death and word from him is being awaited before determining the disposition of the body.
Young Bullock was six feet in height and fine build. He was thought to have excellent qualifications for the service and his death has caused deep gloom throughout the naval academy and Ansay that he made a fatal error in the manner of his descent. Instead of wrapping his legs around two of the ropes he attempted to slide to the deck on one rope. It evidently burned his hands for he attempted to grab the royal mast and lost his hold entirely, falling to the deck a distance of a hundred feet.



William L. Bullock, Sr.

W. L. Bullcok, Sr. Passes Away at Corsicana Home.
Special to the News
Corsicana, Tex., July 30. - Just nine days from the time that his son, W. L. Bullock Jr., fell to his death on a ship on which he was midshipman at Anapolis, W. L. Bullock Sr. died. Owing to his serious illness at the time of the tragic death of his son and which continued until the hour of the father's death, the father was not told of the fate that had befallen his son.
W. L. Bullock Sr. died at his home last evening and was buried this afternoon from the First Presbyterian Church, when services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Charles Oberschmidt, who a few days ago conducted the funeral services of the son. Following the services at the church today the Masons took charge and the body was laid to rest with Masonic honors.


Andrew Stevan Coats

Memorial - Prairie Grove Church (at Emmett, TX) Church Records
Sacred to the memory of our well beloved Brother Andrew Stevan Coats, departed this life January 13, 1879, age 29 years, 8 months and 2 days.  Let me die the death of the Righteous and let my last day be like his.

Jacob Shepherd (spelled Shepard in records)

Memorial - Prairie Grove Church (at Emmett, TX) Church Records
Bro Jacob Shepard was born in Grant Co Ark April 10th AD 1866.  Professed faith in Christ and united with Big Creek Baptist Church September 1885.  Moved to Navarro Co. Texas, united with the Prairie Grove Baptist Church in 1880.  Was a constant member until his decease August 8 AD 1890.

Resolved 1st that in the death Bro Shepard the church has list an honored, useful and beloved member and Brother, and the community an esteemed christian gentleman and that we deplore the death of Shepard not as though we had no hope but gently submit to the mysterious workings of God the father of the universe in whose hands in the destiny of his people.

Resolve 2nd that we tender out heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and relatives and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the family of the deceased Brother and these resolutions be spread on these minutes of our church record.


  • I don't know where Jacob was buried.  He does have an infant daughter buried at Prairie Grove Cemetery at Emmett, TX  ...elw

Miss Mary Rose McGoff - The Fort Worth (Texas) Star, of June 1st (1908) says: 

Voicing a prayer with her last breath, the death of Sister Simplisia, of the Order of St. Mary, Monday morning, was but the echo of her life.

Sister Simplisia, who was known in the world as Miss Mary Rose McGoff was stricken with acute appendicitis Friday evening.  The attending physician stated at once that her condition was dangerous, and the sister was removed to St. Joseph's infirmary, where an operation was performed Saturday morning.  She lingered until 9 o'clock Monday morning.

Miss McGoff had been a member of the order for twenty years, and came to this city from Penn Yan, NY.  She was associated with the St. Ignatius Academy - last term in the capacity of surveillant.  She was greatly loved by the pupils who came in daily contact with her life, for her patience and deep piety.  The members of the sisterhood speak of her life in the most admiring terms.

Miss McGoff is survived by a brother, Charles, of Penn Yan and a sister, Katie of Dundee.


  • (published in the PENN YAN DEMOCRAT) on 12 June 1908:

  • (Today's descendents spell our surname McGough as it was documented in Ireland)

  • Tahoma Cemetery is located at 1607 So. 24th Ave., Yakima, WA.

  • Tahoma cemetery is managed by the City of Yakima. The cemetery office is located at 2301 Fruitvale Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902. Phone: (509) 575-6026. They can give directions to a specific grave and have additional information on most internments. There is another entrance to Tahoma cemtery on 16th Ave, which is the best route to take from the office on Fruitvale Blvd.

  • Submitted by Gloria McGough (Ainsworth, Halstead, Holeman, McGough, Withers, Williams, Young)

William Rex Bailey


William Rex, the 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bailey, living on the Corsicana road a short distance from Waco died at 11:25 lat night.
The funeral will take place at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from the residence, interment at Oakwood cemetery. Rev. S. A. Barnes, pastor of East Waco Methodist church, will officiate. The parents have the sincere sympathy of many friends in their sore affliction.


  • Waco Daily Times Herald - Aug 22, 1903

Eva McKie Eliot

Eva McKie Eliot, daughter of J. M. & Susan Eliot, aged one year and eleven months, died at the residence of her parents on Richland Creek.  (Navarro Express, Mar 24, 1860)

Thomas N. Walton

Thomas N. Walton,  age 22 yrs., died on the 18th inst., at McPhaills' Hotel, in this place of Pneumonia. He is the son of  Corsicana's Sheriff, Jesse S. Walton and wife Eliza Walton. He was born in Independence Co., Ark. and came to this county with his father several years ago. 
(Navarro Express, Apr 21, 1860)

Elmira S. Burton

Mrs. Elmira S. Burton, aged 49 years, 5 months, and 26 days, died at the residence of Dr. Tate on the night of the 30th inst. The deceased was born in Madison Co., Alabama, March 11, 1811,. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Navarro Express, Aug 31, 1860)

Mary I. Ish

Miss Mary I. Ish, aged about 26 years, died at Corsicana, Texas, on the 8th of June 1860. Miss Ish was boarding in the family and died at the house of Col. C. M. Winkler. As a teacher, Miss Belle had few equals and no superior. Her services, in this capacity, among the Indians at Johnson's Station, and finally in the Corsicana Female Institute, will long be regarded as a blessing by those who enjoyed their benefit. Her last illness, typhoid fever, was quite protracted. Although she died far from her mother's house, with but one relative, far as known, in this state, yet let her mother, sisters and brothers comfort themselves with the assurance that she was attended by numerous kind and tender friends.
(Navarro Express, Jun 16, 1860)

Martha A. Smith

Mrs. Martha A. Smith, consort of D. B. Smith of this place, and daughter of James Love of Tahuacana Springs, aged 28 yrs. 5 mos., died on the 20th inst. of typhoid fever. Mrs. Smith professed religion about the year 1849, and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She had been in feeble health for several years. In her last illness, her mind, for the most part, was in an unsettled condition, but she was blessed with lucid intervals. She even besought her husband, parents, brothers, and sisters to mourn her departure.
(Navarro Express, Jul 28, 1860)

Richard Whitaker

Richard Whitaker, age 26 years, of the firm of A. Whitaker & Co., died at Hempstead on Wed. evening, May 30th, of inflammation of the brain. Mr. Whitaker was for some time a merchant of this place, and his death will be seriously regretted by his numerous friends of this community,
(Navarro Express, Jun 16, 1860)

David Fort
Mar 19, 1775 - Feb 6, 1861

David Fort departed this life on Wednesday, 6th day of February, at the residence of Mr. James Persons on Rush Creek, in the 86th year of his age. The deceased was a native of North Carolina; born in Halifax county, of that State, on the 19th of March 1775. In the Fall of 1795, he removed to Tennessee where he resided about two years, when he went to live in Lexington County, Ky., where he remained until 1855, when he emigrated to Texas and settled with Mr. Persons on Rush Creek, in this county.
( Navarro Express, Feb 20, 1861, Corsicana)

Lorenzo Dow Powell
1821 - Oct 15, 1860

Lorenzo D. Powell, died Oct, 15, 1860, at his residence in Navarro county. His family has lost a kind and provident protector; the church a good Christian; the community a good neighbor. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn his untimely death. L. D. Powell professed religion in his 19th year, and been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was in his 39th year at his death.
(Navarro Express, Oct 26, 1860, Corsicana)

Samuel M. "Sam" Ingham
Jan 7, 1865 - Dec 30, 1890

CORSICANA, Tex., Dec. 30 - Sam Ingham, a young man living five miles from here, near Angus, died to-day of black jaundice.


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